On the blog today is a Sikh Polish Fusion wedding that took place at Leamington spa Gurdwara. This is interesting based on my previous post about how Gurdwaras in the UK do not allow interfaith marriages. Bhavna Barratt photographed this intimate wedding and pointed out that the Gurdwara in Leamington Spa allowed this Sikh Polish wedding to take place there. It’s definitely so useful to know what Gurdwaras do allow multicultural weddings. Marta is Polish and Mandeep is Sikh and they had an intimate traditional Sikh wedding.
The pre-wedding celebrations started off with the mayian which takes place at the family’s homes. The bride or groom sits on a patri which is a wooden plank. Female relatives hold a red scarf/shawl/cloth above the bride or groom’s head. Led by the mother, the females begin rubbing paste of turmeric, flour and mustard oil combined on his or her face, arms and legs. Traditional songs are sung throughout this process and then more of the male relatives join in. Each mayian ceremony is different and/or customised based upon the family’s traditions.
This is followed by the jaggo in the evening where the family dance and sing usually in the road infront of the wedding home. But again, this varies and a lot of families celebrate in a marquee in the back garden such as this wedding. Copper vessels called “gaffers” are decorated with divas (clay lamps), filled with mustard oil, and lit. You have to be careful with this as the wax can spill down onto your clothes (this has happened to me before!) My suggestion – use LED candle lights – these work a charm and are much more safer! The bride or groom’s auntie (known as Mammi) carries the jaggo on her head while another female carries a long stick with bells which she shakes.
I love that Marta and Mandeep are getting ready together as usually most brides and grooms get ready separately. It’s a fun notion the couple have created putting a spin on their wedding. It allows them to see the processes of getting ready. An important time consuming part of your wedding day and these two have soaked up more time with each other. I adore that Marta is boasting a pink bridal lengha that looks so stunning against Mandeep’s cream sherwani and the green grass in the background.
Before a traditional Sikh wedding, a simple ceremony takes place between both families. This is for the families to exchange well wishes on meeting each other by exchanging garlands. Followed by tea and traditional indian snacks before the actual ceremony.
Bhavna Barratt’s photography just makes me melt. I first met her at Sunita and Ricky’s Wedding her photographs ooze beauty, colour and so much love! I can’t wait to have a photo shoot done with her and see how she can turn anything she photographs into something beautiful! Check out her site on bhavnabarratt.com